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OUT OF THE CORNER OF MY EYE
I just don't know what to say. All my words seem to have deserted me lately and I've been completely subsumed by work work work work work.

However, today I saw the faintest sheen of green on the trees across the pasture behind us and at the schoolyard on Friday afternoon there were also tiny peridot leaves on the bushes. I've seen little slips of crocus: bright yellow, royal purple, and the wavy zigzags of daffodils planted by the city of Malmö are green shoots about 4 inches high.

The entire winter, while all the rest of my family and friends have been buried under a white blizzard blanket, we've had exactly 4 hours of snow one evening and lots and lots of galeforce winds.

I keep thinking about work, even when I'm not there. This past week was crazy with commitments every evening, and yesterday after I got home I think I turned temporarily into a vegetable. Something leafy and green and very, very sedentary. Then today I ruined it by making the kids go through every toybox and sort and purge and organize. Now there are 9 bags of toys in the hallway to go to the daycare. Along with the 10 bags of books under the front hall table and in our closet, and the 5 bags of recycleables that need to be packed up and carted from the laundry room, this place is looking like baglady paradise.

Tomorrow we are going to Denmark, to the Experimentarium Children's Hands-on Museum outside of Copenhagen. I love those kinds of museum and am still upset that the best one ever, the one that introduced me to this type of museum, the Evoluon in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, closed many years ago. Museums that let you put rubber balls in liquid nitrogen to see what happens when you try to bounce them afterwards, and that let you pull a giant ring of soap bubble up around yourself or that show you that a spinning wheel of rainbow colors turns to white are the best kinds of places to spend a Sunday.

I just wish I didn't feel so out of it.
 restless
mood: restless
music: The The—The Sinking Feeling


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There's a new museum like that in the Netherlands now, the NEMO Science Center in Amsterdam. I haven't been there, but my niece and nephew (6 and 8 years old) liked it a lot.

We've heard about that one, it was recommended to us by bezigebij when we traveled through Holland a couple of years ago, but we didn't make it to Amsterdam that trip, we were on the other side. I want to go back to Holland in the next few years, though, so that will definitely be on our list of things to see!

Don't despair. You will feel back 'in it' one of these days. This is temporary, as is February, hailstorms, the flu. Hang on, hang in there, and pamper yourself with lots of reading and whatever you find time for that eases your mind while you get through this "out of it" feeling. It is temporary, isn't it? Work won't continually get the best of you and monopolize your mind, will it?

I sure hope not, but it's been a solid 2 months now and no end in sight.

(Anonymous)

I would guess that the museum trip is exactly what is called for - to bring you back to feeling right in the middle of "IT". Wish I could go also! - just for the fun of it! Love, Lizardmom

I hope it helps! :)

Every time I see your comment's title, I think, I want to be a happy cat too! haha :) So, now I am.

I've been down lately too. I feel like the transition from broken ankle (well, surgery ankle, you know what I mean) to working full-time, not to mention walking well again is a long, drawn out process, much like this sentence! On top of that I've been having trouble with the cab company (1 3/4 hours wait should not happen!) that contracts with the para transit service.

But someone told me spring is coming and all will thaw. I hope so, for you, me and all!

Have fun at the museum! Can I come? ;-)

The ankle thing must suck...I sprained my foot badly a couple of years ago and it was such a long recovery process, much longer than I expected! It made EVERYTHING more difficult.

Yes, the ankle is tiresome. It is getting stronger everyday, but not fast enough for my liking!

I went to my gym. I put a lace-up ankle brace and put my regular shoe on my good foot and walked around for 5-10 minutes... I could feel my ankle hurting. It's just not ready to be out of the boot. :-(

I did swim too. I did a few laps, floated all around, did my somersaults. LoL Love them! I felt the movement in my whole body and it was great. I even played basketball- tossed the ball against the backboard and tried to catch it ten in a row. I finally did after starting over 3 or 4 times- which helped me move around a lot without putting much pressure on my ankle. :)

My good leg was cramping a bit this morning but it was worth it!

(Anonymous)

It feels so good once those bags are gone, I know it!

- Molly
www.sylviatheteacher.blogspot.com

And things will look so much neater, too!

(Anonymous)

The Experimentarium! We wanted to visit it on our last visit to Copenhagen but our daughter was a little too young (so we went to art museums instead, hm).

I totally understand about the blahs, am experiencing them myself.

julia @ kolo

We had a limited amount of time since we got there at 11 and had to leave at 2 to get back home in time for Anders to go play hockey, but we managed to see nearly everything I think. We'll have to go back sometime, though. There's so much to do in Copenhagen :)

I was surprised to see my post under your post, lizardek. I mean, yes, I hit the reply button under your post talking to me but I just thought it'd go to the end. I really never knew LiveJournal could be formatted as your blog is. All of the LJ blogs I've seen were straight posts and no graphics or fancy headlines, sidebars.

How did you set your blog up> You must know a lot of code (or what ever it's called!)?

LJ has a ton of different layouts, but most of them are pretty intuitive and give you the opportunity to customize quite a bit, even if you don't know HTML or the S2 code that LJ uses. I had some help with mine from someone who put this particular layout together initially (I've customized it since) and I already knew HTML, so I can do quite a bit myself. :) I've got it pretty much how I want it now. LJ has some really great features, and it seems actually MORE customizable than most blogs I've seen, plus the ability to make posts private or friends-only is pretty nice, plus the comment-threading that you noticed. :)

Edited at 2008-03-02 02:49 pm (UTC)

Ooh I love those kinds of museums too. There is a smaller one in Stockholm- Tom Tits (I know great name right?) But it doesn't come close to the one I've been to in San Fransisco. We've put off taking the kids until they're a little older.

http://www.exploratorium.edu/

I can't wait to hear how your trip went and I'm sure you'll shake the work fatigue soon. :-)

OOH! Anders and I went to that one in San Francisco the year we met!! It was AWESOME!

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